The inspection ordered by the ministry of state for antiquities affairs of a newly recovered red granite statue reveals that it is a genuine artefact, dated to the Ramesside period, almost 3300 years ago.
The statue features an unidentified priest seated behind two ancient Egyptian deities; Osiris and Isis. The statue is 56cm high by 28cm in width and bears hieroglyphic texts.
The statute is now in custody at the Al-Bassatin Police Station in downtown Cairo by court order.
Youssef Hamid Khalifa, director general of the recovered artefacts unit sent a detailed report to Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass on the statue, which will be subjected to restoration to prepare it for exhibition in a special display pending further investigations on its origins.